Premier League giants Chelsea face a battle to hang on to rising Nigerian star Ike Ugbo after rejecting a £3million offer for their emerging striker.
Ugbo, 22, is impressing on loan in Belgium at Cercle Bruge where he has scored 10 goals in 15 games.
It has triggered a bid from Russian top-flight club FC Rostov – which has already been turned down by Chelsea.
But Ugbo’s progression on loan is causing rival clubs to take notice of the Chelsea academy kid, who has been with them since Under-10 level.
Ugbo won the FA Youth Cup under then Chelsea U-18 coach Jody Morris, who is now assistant to first team head coach Frank Lampard.
He has also represented England at youth level and is under contract at Chelsea until 2022 after extending his contract last season.
Ugbo has also been on loan at Barnsley, Scunthorpe and in Holland with FC Roda and is a highly-rated product of Chelsea’s youth academy.
He is eager to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy graduates Tammy…
Source: Complete Sports